To use workload placement analytics to place machines when you deploy new blueprints, you must prepare the vRealize Automation instance.

Before you begin

About this task

To prepare your vRealize Automation instance to use the placement policy, you configure endpoints, create a fabric group, and add reservations.

Procedure

  1. In your vRealize Automation instance, add an endpoint for the vRealize Operations Manager instance, and click OK.
    1. Select Infrastructure > Endpoint > Endpoints.
    2. Select New > Management > vRealize Operations Manager.
    3. Enter the general information for the vRealize Operations Manager endpoint.

      You do not need to specify properties for the endpoint.

  2. In your vRealize Automation instance, add an endpoint for the vCenter Server instance, and click OK.
    1. Select Infrastructure > Endpoint > Endpoints.
    2. Select New > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter).
    3. Enter the general information, properties, and associations for the vCenter Server endpoint.

    After you add endpoints, and vRealize Automation collects data from them, the compute resources for those endpoints are available. You can then add those compute resources to the fabric group that you create.

  3. Create a fabric group so that other users can create reservations and enable the placement policy.
    1. Select Infrastructure > Endpoint > Fabric Groups.
    2. Click New, and enter information about the fabric group.

      Option

      Description

      Name

      Enter a meaningful name for the fabric group.

      Description

      Enter a useful description.

      Fabric administrators

      Enter the email address for each person to designate as a fabric administrator.

      Compute resources

      Select the compute resource clusters that the administrators can manage.

    After you add compute resources to a fabric group, and vRealize Automation collects data from them, fabric administrators can create reservations for the compute resources.

  4. Create reservations for the compute resources in the vCenter Server instance.
    1. Select Infrastructure > Reservations > Reservations.
    2. Select New > vSphere (vCenter).
    3. On each tab, enter the information for the reservation.

      Option

      Action

      General

      Select a reservation policy, the priority for the policy, and click Enable this reservation.

      Resources

      Select the machine quota, memory, and storage. You do not have to select a resource pool.

      Network

      Select the network adapter. You do not have to select a network profile.

      Properties

      If necessary, add custom properties to the reservation.

      Alert

      If necessary, select Capacity alerts to notify recipients when the capacity exceeds the threshold for the reservation.

  5. Enable the placement policy.
    1. Select Infrastructure > Reservations > Placement Policy.
    2. Select the check box named Use vRealize Operations Manager for placement recommendations.

Results

You configured vRealize Automation to use the analytics of vRealize Operations Manager to place machines when users deploy blueprints.

What to do next

Configure vRealize Operations Manager to monitor the vCenter Server instance, and apply a workload placement policy to your cluster compute resources. See Configure vRealize Operations Manager for Workload Placement in vRealize Automation.